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Yes the hull is fiberglass with steel plating along the cargo area. WWII era boats were made of wood instead of fiberglass.Did you say the hull was fiberglass?
I'm definitely not an expert on these but I believe the purpose of the long ramp is to keep the ship itself off the beach for the most part. The world war 2 era LSTs with the bow door would run up on the beach, but are a different design. The idea behind both being to roll equipment directly on land without any support.These are great pics, thanks Evil Dr. P.
Do you know how the ships like the Boulder operate?
Is that bow ramp for personnel, or vehicles (both?), and is it designed to be run up onto the beach?
Hey NDT, any chance the boat you pulled around is still around and in need of armor? I know there is one still around down there...I thinks I see armor plate on that one. Gonna be a lot heavier than the wood one I pulled around. I think you figured that out.
Yes at this point it's very likely that the number on the side is original and it's off the Boulder. Here are a couple close ups from the two pics I posted near the top of this page. The first looks like it's #2 to me, and the paint looks the same as mine. The second picture is also #2 (looking at the side) but it's a different boat than mine based on the hull number, and the paint is different as well.So this vessel could very well be one of 3 on this ship. Online shows it carried (3) 36' LCVP's and (1) 36' LCPL.
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